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Kids Will Trick-or-Treat on Halloween in Emmaus

Mayor Winfield Iobst announced at the Tuesday, Sept. 4 meeting of Emmaus Borough Council that this year Trick-or-Treat night in Emmaus will be held on Oct. 31.

A longstanding Halloween tradition in Emmaus is about to be broken.

Trick-or-Treat night will actually happen on Halloween this year – Wednesday, Oct. 31 – instead of on a seemingly randomly allocated Thursday as has been done in the past.

According to a report on WFMZ.com, Mayor Winfield Iobst announced the date and time of Trick-or-Treat night 2012 at Tuesday night’s meeting of : Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. He encouraged residents who wish to participate to turn on their porch lights.

What do you think of Emmaus borough's decision to hold Trick-or-Treat 2012 on Oct. 31? Tell us in the comments below.

The timing of Trick-or-Treat night in Emmaus became the focus of an Emmaus Borough Council meeting in October 2011, , instead of on Friday or Saturday as in other areas. The young man said that Thursday night interfered with his ability to get his homework done.

Iobst told the Scout that Trick-or-Treat night in Emmaus had been on Thursday for as long as he could remember and Councilman Brent Labenberg said he thought that the Thursday night scheduling of Trick-or-Treat came from a desire to not have the Halloween-inspired quest for candy interfere with Friday night football games.

Sixty-three percent of respondents to an asking the question “Should Emmaus Trick-or-Treat Night be moved to another night?” answered “Yes. Trick-or-treating on a school night is wrong.”

KitKat September 06, 2012 at 01:18 PM
This doesn't make any sense, "Trick-or-Treating on a school night is wrong". Well if Trick-or-Treat night is changed to October 31st naturally it's going to fall on any day of the week such as this year, October 31st is on a Wednesday night, this will "interfere with the ability of getting homework done". Should've changed it to the last Friday or Saturday of the month so that it didn't interfere with a school night or just left it as it was on a Thursday night, because really...what difference does it make if it's moved to October 31st???
Chandler September 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Finally--it should be on 10/31. How much home work do elementary students have that they won't be able to Trick-or-Treat for 2 hours?? If there is that much homework--then that needs to be addressed---sounds a bit excessive. What about the 3 hrs right after they get home that day--can't homework be done then? Or perhaps the teachers of the elementary kids will give them a night off from homework. I find it hard to believe that all a kid does is go to school and spend the remainder of their time at home doing homework.
CM September 06, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Concerns of it being a school night or lack of time for homework aren't really most peoples concern or issue with the Thursday date. Most neighboring towns have their trick-or-treat night on the 31st. With Emmaus having it on a different night it invited A LOT of out of towners into Emmaus to 'double dip' on the candy collecting. Many of us Emmaus residents wanted it to be the same night as towns around us to allow our own children the time, space to move, and candy fun with out having to compete with kids from other towns. We trick-or-treat and we give out candy so we see the influx of people....by vans loads. It gets so bad some years that my kids have already called it quits because of how rude other people were and how almost dangerous it became. Most people run out of candy in the first hour also and it isn't because they didn't buy enough. It is disheartening every year to see the joy taken away from the kids who live here who have waited all year for this day. Hopefully the date chage will make a positive difference.
Beth September 06, 2012 at 02:06 PM
We are excited that trick-or-treat is actually on the 31st! I had never heard of it being any other night until we moved here. What's the big deal-so only allow your kid to trick-or-treat for an hour. They don't have to go the whole time. 2 hours is a long time for kids to be trick-or-treating anyway.
Fran September 06, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Horray, they finally changed the date as other towns have it so as to keep the out of towners away. It was really getting out of hand with the parents in vans dropping off as many as 10 kids at a time. They also should put an age limit on it to keep the rude high school kids from coming. They don't even dress and come with pillow cases as trick or treat bags.
Reese September 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I agree with "CM" towards the end of the night, we have mini vans of people with "Whitehall" jackets or other surrounding areas. so I agree with Changing it to October 31. I also think there should be an age limit. Last year we gave out over 600 pieces of candy! Most were not little children, too many of them were Jr. High and High School who were very rude pushy and had no concern for the smaller children. The cut of would be good at the 6th grade level.
Lower Mac Resident September 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I think people need to realize that YOU are handing out the candy, and yes, I will NOT hand candy to older children, or "older" kids dressed with just a mask, sorry, this is for the little kids. I have no problem saying no.
Drake Wayne September 07, 2012 at 09:15 PM
That's great news! I love halloween, my favorite part is decorating my house with a bunch of scary decorations. I just found a bunch of cool decorations here http://www.homeseasons.com/Halloween-Decorations-c10/
Amy Givler October 16, 2012 at 01:02 PM
So nice of them to wait until the last minute to change things. Don't they realize that some parents have to plan around trick or treat?
Amy Givler October 16, 2012 at 01:16 PM
And by the way, Halloween is on a school night.
Emmaus Mom October 16, 2012 at 06:27 PM
This article is from September 7. Hardly last minute...
marguerite fuerst October 26, 2012 at 09:46 AM
I think every city in the lv should trick or treat on halloween. This way everyone would just be getting kids from their area, instead of vans of kids coming in from neighboring locations. They talk about obesity for kids being a problem then parents are getting 2-3 bags of candy from different nights. What a joke!

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